Since arriving in Seattle in 1998, clarinetist / vocal percussionist / composer Beth Fleenor has carved a place for herself as an energetic multi-instrumentalist and dynamic generative artist. Her robust sound, organic approach, and openness to experimentation in all forms, actively fuels a long and varied list of collaborations. Ranging from shows in nightclubs, festivals, schools and galleries, to prisons, parties and concert halls, Fleenor's work has been featured in live music, theater, performance art, recordings, modern dance, film, sound art and art installations.
Subscribing to the principle that "art is the discipline of being," Fleenor harbors a strong love for variety and all forms of sonic manipulation. Such flexibility has allowed her to move freely through genres including, but not limited to, jazz, rock, classical, contemporary chamber, metal, folk, ambient, surf, and noise.
In 2004, Fleenor commissioned and premiered ten works for clarinet - compositions ranging from standard ensemble configurations and notation, to works that included laptop, found instruments and electronics, prepared instruments and conducted improvisations. A recording of her commission Dubious Diversions, by composer Tom Swafford, is included as part of the audio guide at Seattle Art Museum.
In 2007, Fleenor was awarded an Earshot Golden Ear award for Performance of the Year, as a member of the Monktail Raymond Scott Project. That same year she launched the sonic module Figeater (see page).
Fleenor is honored to have worked with artists such as Robin Holcomb, Denney
Goodhew, Wayne Horvitz, Butch Morris, Mike Dillon, Matana Roberts, Jherek Bischoff, Joshual Kohl, Jim Knapp, Paris Hurley, Bill Patton, Yemin Kim, Paul Moore, Timothy Young, Samantha Boshnack, William O. Smith, Eyvind Kang, Gretta Harley, Amy Denio, Tiflin, Robin Lynn Smith, Gino Yevdjevich, Jeff Huston, Tom Swafford, John Burrow, Johanna Kunin, Brad Hebert, Matthew Richmond, Izaak Mills, Stephen Parris, Mark Ostrowski, Michael Owcharuk, Stephen Fandrich, and Zachary Watkins, among many others.
Currently she can be found performing with Bling, Figeater, Owcharuk 5, Double Yoko, Chick Influenza, Seattle Jazz Composers Ensemble, and projects of the Monktail Creative Music Concern. She has also been sited ensuing mayhem with Balkan punk shaman clan Kultur Shock including performances at the Creation of Peace Festival (Russia) and Sayan Ring (Siberia).
Fleenor holds a Bachelor of Music from Cornish College of the Arts. Her work has been supported by Jack Straw, 4Culture, Allied Arts, and the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs.
Band's Official Website
On October 21st 2011, Beth Fleenor granted permission to host her recordings on the Live Music Archive:
I authorize the hosting of Beth Fleenor and Crystal Beth performances.